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Cypriots continue to bin secret documents

NICOSIA (Reuters) – Red-faced army bosses in Cyprus came under fire at the weekend after secret ground plans of military installations were found at a rubbish dump. Authorities have launched an inquiry into how the documents came to be discarded at a landfill, only to be found on Friday by a curious lorry driver who alerted TV stations. Local media said the papers contain details ranging from technical specifications for weapons launch sites to the thickness of walls at sentry posts along the island’s tensely guarded ceasefire line. Defense Minister Koullis Mavronicolas played down the incident, saying the documents «are not important.» But President Tassos Papadopoulos seemed less nonchalant. «It’s regrettable if it’s true,» he told reporters. Last year, reporters found documents containing state secrets in bin liners outside the Health Ministry. A cleaner was blamed.